"Amateur Photographer's Guide to Mesa Verde" Top 5 Page for this destination Mesa Verde National Park Local Custom Tip by richiecdisc
Mesa Verde National Park Local Customs: 4 reviews and 4 photos
Mesa Verde National Park is a very photogenic place. Not only are the cliff dwellings atmospheric, they are formed of reddish clay which takes on great hues when the sun is low on the horizon.
One problem with taking photos here is the dwellings are set into cliffs and it pays to know when the sun will shine on them. Otherwise, you might find yourself shooting pictures in the shade at all times. This doesn't have to be a bad thing and for some of the sites, might be your best option. Thankfully, the park service provides free of charge, an “Amateur Photographer's Guide to Mesa Verde National Park.” This one sheet hand out tells you what to expect at each site with regard to the sun. It is well worth picking up. All you have to do is ask. We were lucky we got a friendly ranger who on hearing a few of my questions realized it was something I would want, and offered it to me without even asking!
In general, Spruce Tree House is best late afternoon for sunny shots or early morning for shady ones. Cliff Palace is best late afternoon. Balcony House is best early morning. In general, midday is not good as you tend to get high contrast situations where part of your photos will be overexposed and others less so.
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